Wednesday, June 26
Breaking News: SECTION 13 HAS BEEN REPEALED
Much needed good news for freedom of speech advocates the world over! From Marc Lemire's post about the historic vote in Canada this afternoon:
News is just breaking across Twitter that the Senate of Canada has finally passed third-reading on Bill C-304, which is an Act to repeal the censorship provision – Section 13 of the Canadian “Human Rights” Act.
Section 13 makes it an offence to "likely" "expose" privileged groups to "hatred and/or contempt." There are NO defences under Section 13! Even truth and intent are considered irrelevant to a finding of discrimination. The law was enacted in 1977 in order to silence a man named John Ross Taylor for messages he recorded onto his telephone answering machine. In the intervening 32 years, not a single person who has been hauled up on Section 13 charges has ever been acquitted - a 100% conviction rate. Section 13 has been used and abused since its inception.
More information to come tonight as information is posted to the Senate’s website.